Zoning approval is the first step required for certain types of construction. It is required for permits for, but not limited to, new construction,additions, add-a-levels, decks, patios, sheds (new or replacement), fences (new or replacements), pools (in ground or above ground), and whirlpools, spas, hot tubs.
In order to obtain zoning approval, you must submit a Zoning Application available here on our Forms page, listed under the building dept. The form must be completed, include a copy of your survey/plot plan with the proposed construction drawn and highlighted on the survey. An application fee of $50.00 is also due at this time. Be sure the survey is up to date including any additions/deletions made since the date of the survey. Make sure YOUR name and address appears clearly on the survey. You will be notified by mail of your approval or denial.
A soil movement permit is required to be filed whenever any soil is being moved onto, off of, or within a property. For example, during the construction of a basement, crawl space, in-ground pool, retaining wall, landscaping, etc. This permit may be obtained from our Forms page as well. Payment of this permit is a prior approval to the issuance of a building permit.
Engineering approval is required for certain types of construction, i.e. new house, retaining wall, etc. A $1,000.00 escrow must be posted with the Zoning Office along with architectural or engineering plans/drawings for the work being performed.
If zoning or engineering approval is not required, or has been obtained for those permits requiring approval, you can apply for your building permit. The application for your building permit must include:
a. Application folder – completed and signed inside and out.
b. Subcode Technical Sections (all that apply):
1. Building – include costs, broken down between addition and alteration if applicable all calculations requested – square footage, cubic volume, etc.
2. Electric – (sealed, unless work is being performed by homeowner)
3. Plumbing – (sealed, unless work is being performed by homeowner)
4. Fire – required for smoke detectors, boilers, furnaces, water heaters, etc.
All technical sections must be completed in full, incl. cost, and signed.
c. 3 sets of drawings/plans must accompany the application for review. If drawn by a NJ licensed architect, 2 of the 3 sets must be sealed. If drawn by the homeowner, drawings must be so signed. Plans can NOT be drawn by the contractor, per NJ State Law!